Despite the focus on Teemu Pukki and Raheem Sterling, no player has scored more goals in the Premier League this season than Sergio Aguero. In fact, his record is nothing short of outrageous, averaging a goal every 45 minutes as Man City look to make it three Premier League titles on the trot.
This season, it appears we are seeing the very best of the Argentine forward. He has scored every shot he has had on target this season and has scored twice as many goals as Mo Salah despite having fewer shots than his Egyptian counterpart. As the favourite for the Golden Boot, having had his best start to a Premier League season, it is possible that he could top his best tally of 26 goals in England’s top flight.
If he does so, Manchester City will surely be heading for another title which will mark his, and the club’s fifth Premier League trophy. Remarkably, if they win the league, City will draw level with Chelsea as the second most successful club in the Premier League era behind Manchester United and Aguero will have won every single title with the Citizens.
170 league goals in a sky blue shirt makes Aguero a bonafide Premier League legend and perhaps it will only be when he has gone that we will truly appreciate his greatness. He is now just five goals away from Thierry Henry’s Premier League total and seven away from Frank Lampard, both of whom he is likely to overtake in the coming months.
Aguero’s goal record becomes even more impressive when you consider the injuries he has faced and the number of minutes he has played. In fact, he boasts the best goals-per-game (of those players with more than ten goals) ratio in Premier League history, averaging a whopping 0.70 goals per game, only Harry Kane (0.69) and Thierry Henry (0.68) come anyone near that consistency of scoring goals on a regular basis.
It seemed to many that when Pep Guardiola came into the club, it would mark the beginning of the end for the Argentine striker but in fact, it has been the opposite. The Spanish manager is getting the best out of his forward when at the start of his tenure it seemed as if he may lose his place to the young and exciting Brazilian, Gabriel Jesus.
Even taking into account Guardiola's tendency to rotate his side most weeks, Aguero has hit twenty league goals every season under the iconic manager. This season, if he continues scoring at the rampant rate he has begun the campaign with, he will finish the season with 57 Premier League goals and although this is the stuff of complete fantasy it just goes to show how clinical Aguero has been so far this season.
With already more goals to his name than the likes of Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Les Ferdinand and more Premier League titles than Steve Bruce, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard there is no doubt that Aguero will go down as a Premier League legend.
Maybe we should appreciate him before he hangs up his boots.